White pelicans

Pelicans are birds we usually associate with points south, such as Florida or Louisiana. Even though Arkansas is in the birds’ wintering area, it’s still exciting to see them. Here, white pelicans dot the Arkansas River between Ozark and Altus, the epicenter of the state’s wine country. (Drive-by iPhone photo taken Feb. 17.)

White pelicans on the Arkansas River near Altus.
PELICANS — White pelicans on the Arkansas River near Altus.

Weekly phoneography challenge: My neighborhood

We’re taking a rather broad view of “neighborhood”  for this week’s challenge –using the panorama function on the iPhone camera. Love the distortion the panorama provides, especially of the car rounding the corner at the same time the phone was scanning the scenery:

DOWNTOWN -- Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts.
DOWNTOWN — Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts. [Next time, I’ll try standing closer to the center of the intersection.] Main landmarks are Col. Mustard’s, a gas station/grocery and the Cutoff Corner Cafe and Dairy Bar. Behind the phoneographer is the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL -- The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL — The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras as doting parents and grandparents pose and photograph children and grandchildren in their Sunday best and cutest smiles. Wye Mountain is about 20 miles west of Ferndale.

Not taken with a phone, but just as a humorous coda for the photo above:

NEED TO KNOW -- Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!
NEED TO KNOW — Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!

Take a minute to visit a few other neighborhoods:

UPDATE: Spirit of Christmas (near) Future

UPDATE

The tree has arrived in Washington! See: http://www.starvalleyindependent.com/2010/11/2896/.

Thanks for the update, Bill!

Our brother-in-law Bill, a former TV station photographer, is still  newsman through and through. While driving home from work last week, he spotted something unusual on the interstate in Memphis and maneuvered for a closer view. His instincts were right on. This was no ordinary wide load. This was the 2010 National Christmas Tree en route from Wyoming to its placement in the nation’s capitol. Oh — and kids, don’t try this at home.

Truck
Long bed truck carries the National Christmas tree to Washington. (iPhone photo)
Signatures
Signatures of anyone who had anything to do with the National Christmas tree adorn the tarp protecting the tree en route to Washington, D.C. (iPhone photo)